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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    September 23, 2019
    The House passed a continuing resolution to avoid a federal shutdown until November 21st. The Senate will likely follow suit this week. The 2019 Federal Register will also almost certainly top 50,000 pages this week. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from gooseberry fruit to meat grades.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    September 16, 2019
    Congress returned from recess, the Democratic presidential candidates had a debate, and the 2019 federal deficit topped $1 trillion with a month left to go in the federal fiscal year. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from Kaspersky Lab services to Foskett speckled dace.
  • Unknown Societal Costs of Imposing Regulation Based on Secret (or Creatively Leveraged) Data

    September 11, 2019
    From the food pyramid and dietary guidelines, to vaping policies, to the Progressive zeal for eugenics, humility-challenged administrative experts can be mistaken, can mislead, or worse.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    September 9, 2019
    Contrary to my earlier prediction, the number of new regulations this year did not pass 2,000 last week, ending the four-day week at 1,991. Meanwhile, Hurricane Dorian spared Alabama despite fears to the contrary. Brexit drama reached a fever pitch in the UK, the Chinese government signaled a willingness to resume trade talks, and state attorneys general launched an antitrust investigation of Facebook. Rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from patent priorities to general service lamps.
  • Trump Tariff Costs to Outweigh Benefits from Deregulation

    September 5, 2019
    Early in the Trump administration, a series of executive orders slowed the growth of new regulations and removed some existing rules. From the start of the administration through June 30, 2019, the total savings from these policies are an estimated $46.5 billion, according to a new study by David G. Tuerck and William Burke for the National Foundation for American Policy.
  • Department of Energy Expands Consumer Choice in Light Bulbs

    September 4, 2019
    The Trump administration took a pro-consumer step today as the Department of Energy finalized a rule that will allow certain types of lower-cost light bulbs to remain on the market.   
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    September 2, 2019
    The UK parliament will soon be suspended for a five-week period, something the U.S. Congress should consider emulating as often as possible. Over in the U.S. executive branch, the 2019 Federal Register surpassed 45,000 pages last week, and the number of new regulations will likely hit 2,000 this week.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations  

    August 26, 2019
    A humorous diplomatic row over Greenland was not the only news of the week, with China tariffs, divisive rhetoric, and recession fears also putting in appearances. Rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from Death Valley airstrips to Lipochitooligosaccharide.
  • Cataloging Regulatory Costs of Cronyism and Rent-Seeking in a Self-Interested Administrative State

    August 19, 2019
    Rent-seeking as a policy concern has been done to death: It’s been described over and over how regulation is often not about elevating the public good, but instead about disadvantaging rivals and snagging their customers, or creating artificial scarcity—whatever transfers wealth.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    August 19, 2019
    Last week was the Federal Register’s busiest of the year, with its 3,075 pages almost tripling a normal week’s count. A new economically significant regulation targeting immigrants also pushes the compliance costs of this year’s new economically significant regulations above 2018’s total, with more than three months to go. Rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from Wisconsin landfill R&D permits to modernizing children’s television.


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